The van wars have started and Nissan has fired its latest salvo. The Japanese automaker will start selling the NV200 at a base price of $21,998, lower than anything else in the segment (at least initially, you may be able to get a Ram Cargo for well under list).

The new commercial van will also offer best-in-class fuel economy, at 8.7L/100km city and 7.1L/100km highway, thanks to a 2.0L 4-cylinder mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission.

Hit up the press release below for more specifics on this van that Ghosn built.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Today, Nissan announced the all-new Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van will have the lowest starting MSRP in its segment at $21,998 CAD. The NV200 boasts several segment-leading features, including: best-in-class fuel economy of 8.7 L/100 km city, 7.1 L/100 km highway, best-in-class turning radius for manoeuvering in tight city spaces, and other accommodating features such as Tire Pressure Monitoring System, low clearance height for easy indoor parking, and a conveniently low loading height.

Judy Wheeler, Director of Marketing at Nissan Canada said, “For many years businesses have bought large vans simply because that’s what was available, and now, we’re pleased to offer Canadians a great smaller alternative. The 2013 Nissan NV200 has excellent fuel economy, an extremely competitive price, and reduced upfitting costs, all of which will provide business owners with a low total cost of ownership.”

The 2013 Nissan NV200 is built on Nissan’s proven compact commercial platform and features an efficient 2.0-litre 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The engine is matched with a responsive and efficient Xtronic CVT® transmission. Among its many features are a commanding driving position, “mobile office” style console and fold-flat passenger’s seat, sliding side doors and standard tall, 40/60-split rear doors that open 180 degrees, a low 19.5-inch cargo floor height for easy loading and unloading, and segment-exclusive standard integrated mounting points.

The NV200 follows the full-size Nissan NV Cargo, introduced in spring 2011, and the full-size Nissan NV Passenger, and will be available at 44 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealerships nationwide.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan NV200 include:

S Base $21,998 CDN – Available options: Bluetooth
SV Base $23,398 CDN – Available options: Rear Door Glass, Technology

Option Packages:

Rear Door Glass $200
Bluetooth $250
Technology $700

* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

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